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Manta



Manta ray at Klein Bonaire.

Manta ray at Klein Bonaire.
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39 Comments | Report
heathermcfw PRO+
 
heathermcfw April 07, 2014
Amazing shot
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta August 12, 2014
Great shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
andrewwelfordphotography
andrewwelfordphotography August 12, 2014
Thank you
morriskleyman
 
morriskleyman August 12, 2014
Outstanding shot,bravo!!!!!!!
Barbpsp4
 
Barbpsp4 August 12, 2014
Quite brilliant.
changezi
 
changezi August 12, 2014
nice
jenzen
 
jenzen August 12, 2014
Absolutely stunning! You have an amazing gallery. :)
salvador
 
salvador August 12, 2014
great shot. congrats!!
vojce PRO
 
vojce August 12, 2014
wow,fantastic
dixie
 
dixie August 12, 2014
Stunning shot love it .
jrsosky
 
jrsosky August 12, 2014
Mantas are amazing. I have been in the water with them a few times. Simply amazing animals, gentle, graceful animals. This shot captures them beautifully. Very nice.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life August 12, 2014
WOOOW !! Congratulations !! :):)
iceman2
 
iceman2 August 12, 2014
Beautiful shot.Congrats!
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock August 12, 2014
How BIG is that thing??? Awesome shot!
QualityPhoto
 
QualityPhoto August 12, 2014
awesome shot!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz August 12, 2014
This is such an amazing shot. Congrats on the feature.
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi August 12, 2014
awesome shot !
jeremygarrett
 
jeremygarrett August 12, 2014
Absolutely superb
davidsloan
 
davidsloan August 12, 2014
An incredible capture, congrats
SaintMarino
 
SaintMarino August 12, 2014
Lovely shot
ltj
 
ltj August 12, 2014
SUPER PERSPECTIVE,A+++SHOT. MANTAs are cool creatures.CONGRATS
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 August 12, 2014
Amazing... Congrats! ")
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn August 12, 2014
Drop dead spectacular!
Follest
 
Follest August 13, 2014
Excellent capture! Congrats on your feature
GLBLACKWELL
 
GLBLACKWELL August 13, 2014
Tranquility and power! What a shot!
pamelainob
 
pamelainob August 14, 2014
Fantastic Shot! Congrats on your being Featured.
CherylG
 
CherylG August 14, 2014
Awesome capture!!!
rhondamummert PRO+
 
rhondamummert August 15, 2014
Wow!!!
clareparsons
 
clareparsons August 15, 2014
wowzas! Gorgeous!
JoseV
 
JoseV October 17, 2014
Beautiful shot.
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 19, 2014
awesome !
LaurieS PRO+
 
LaurieS December 26, 2014
Beautiful!
Irma53
 
Irma53 February 07, 2015
Great shot! Wherever u took this shot, looks very scary!
Irma53
 
Irma53 February 07, 2015
Great shot! Wherever u took this shot, looks very scary!
Irma53
 
Irma53 February 07, 2015
Great shot! Wherever u took this shot, looks very scary!
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb April 11, 2015
stunning shot,love your style
WalterCunet
 
WalterCunet June 24, 2015
woww..
jamiicenhower
 
jamiicenhower July 26, 2015
These are amazing!
ilmar
 
ilmar August 18, 2015
Klein Bonaire? How deep where you to get that shot.
mtdoc
 
mtdoc June 27, 2017
Magnificent shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
On Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Bonaire is a famous diving destination, well known for the pristine reef belt around the island, easily accessible from the shore.
Time
At 3 pm.
Lighting
I used 2 strobes at full power with diffuserrs mounted on my Underwater Housing with a 10.5mm lens inside. In this way could fill with a lot of light the white belly of Manta and catch all the details. I used a very close aperture to counter balance the power of the sunlight. Consider also that I was in a very "close to the subject" condition.
Equipment
Nikon D800, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Nikon D80, Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 Sigma 70-300 f3.5 Nikkor 50mm f 3.5 Nikon 18-135mm f3.5 Sea&sea G1 dx Canon 7D Tokina 10-17mm f3.5 Polarizers, Uv filters. Housing Easydive Leo2 Two strobes Sea&sea alpha 110ys Tripod Manfrotto pro Gorillapod Focus Shutter speed release Rain covers.
Inspiration
Without any doubt, the Manta is one of the most fascinating creature of the ocean and is not so common spot them or even get so close to them. I got very excited when I realized that I was ready to shoot (aperture,speedshutter, flashes and focus wise) in a perfect position (pointing directly upward) to be able to use the whole power of the fisheye. Looking upward.
Editing
Yes of course I do. In camera raw. I don't have a specific forkflow. Mainly I worked on the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks and vibrancy.
In my camera bag
Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70 f2.8 Tamron 70-200 f2.8, polaraizers, uv filters, remote shutter release and a gorillapod focus with a Manfrotto head, rain covers. For UW: Canon 7d , Tokina 10-17 f3,5.
Feedback
First, to be in the right place at the right moment: don't try to chase the Manta, she will escape. Instead, take the distance until is possible to intercept frontally the fish. Stop the breathing until the shot is done (the bubbles will scare the animal and destroy the composition.) Expose the sun first and use all the light available from the strobes. Be careful, the belly is so white that could be blown out by open apertures. Use a fisheye or extreme wide angle and get as close as possible. Keep the strobes with aside the housing but orientate them 45° outside.

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